Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie presides over the dedication of the Global and International Studies Building, home to the new School of Global and International Studies and many of the highly ranked language, literature and culture studies programs in IU’s College of Arts and Sciences.
The 165,000-square-foot building provides important new instruction and collaboration space for more than 20 different academic programs in eight departments. Through its design, the building will play a vital role in the development of the School of Global and International Studies and its new programs as well as foster greater interdisciplinary collaboration between academic units that previously were spread across the IU Bloomington campus.
A signature feature of its three-story enclosed atrium and other building spaces are “the Stones of the World,” which includes stones from 10 countries, connecting Indiana's limestone tradition to the university's global history.
The $53 million building was funded entirely through university sources with half of the funding coming from IU's Big Ten Network revenues, representing the largest-ever commitment from IU Athletics revenue to support the core academic mission of the university.